Raja (1999 film)

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Directed by Muppalaneni Shiva
Produced by R. B. Choudary
Written by Rajendra Kumar (dialogues)
Screenplay by Muppalaneni Shiva
Story by Vikraman
Starring Venkatesh
Music by S. A. Rajkumar
Cinematography Shyam K. Naidu
Edited by Marthand K. Venkatesh
Super Good Films
Release dates
  • March 18, 1999 (1999-03-18)
Running time
175 min
Country India India
Language Telugu

Raja is a 1999 Telugu family, romantic drama film directed by Muppalaneni Shiva and produced by R. B. Choudary on Super Good Films . Starring Venkatesh, Soundarya and Abbas in pivotal roles with original soundtrack by S. A. Rajkumar. The film was Sensational Hit at the box office.[1] The film won three Filmfare South Awards in Best Film, Best Actress and Best Music Director categories. The film is a remake version of 1998 Tamil movie Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen starring Karthik and Roja in the lead roles, with Ajith Kumar in a guest appearance.[2]


Raja (Venkatesh) and his friend Balu (Sudhakar) are petty thieves. One day they steal an idol of Lord Ganesha from a temple, while escaping from the police they hide in a house, Anjali (Soundarya) who is a governess in that house taking care of three children when remaining all went out of station. She locks them in her kitchen for one week, that one week association with Anjali changes entire lifestyle of Raja, he starts a new life and slowly falls in love with Anjali. Meanwhile before leaving the house, Balu thefts Anjali's dairy, Raja starts reading the dairy.

Anjali is an illegitimate daughter of Lawyer Viswanath (Chandramohan) whose house she is living as a maidservant along with her step mother Bhagyalakshmi (Y.Vijaya), her sister (Sana), sister's husband (Tanikella Bharani) and their 3 children without knowing she is Viswanatham's daughter. Bhagyalakshmi's brother, Sanjay (Abbas) comes from Canada, Anjali likes Sanjay and Viswanatham want to make marriage to them, but Sanjay says, he needs at least 3 months to decide. After reading this Raja decides not to express his love and from that day he also makes a habit of writing dairy. Next day when he goes to return the dairy a conflict arises to Anjali because of him, she has been thrown out of the house about the miss necklace. Raja decides to take care of Anjali, he keeps her in hostel, works day & night, makes her a singer and takes her to highest peeks.

Meanwhile, Viswanatham reveals the truth to his family, they all also accept Anjali and everyone comes to stay with Anjali. Even Sanjay also returns from Canada to marry Anjali, Sanjay & Raja becomes good friends, but Bhagyalakshmi and gang starts look down Raja and insults him a lot. Once when Anjali gone to foreign tour they blame robbery on Raja and sends him & Balu away from the house. Anjali returns from the tour, but she does not believe that Raja is thief and she starts reading his dairy which he forgot and understands how much love Raja hidden in his heart for her.

At the same time Anjali wins a National Award and her family members are making of marriage arrangements of Sanjay & Anjali. Simultaneously Govt arranges a felicitation to Anjali, even Raja & Balu attends the function, hidden in public, but Anjali sees him, she acknowledges her entire success at his feet and decides to marry him, even Sanjay also appreciates her decision. Finally, movie ends with marriage of Raja & Anjali.




Film score by S. A. Rajkumar
Released 1999
Genre Soundtrack
Length 31:55
Label Aditya Music
Producer S. A. Rajkumar
S. A. Rajkumar chronology
Panchadara Chilaka

Music composed by S. A. Rajkumar. Music released on Aditya Music Company.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Edho Oka Ragam"   Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry SP Balu 4:59
2. "Kavvinchake O Prema"   Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry Rajesh, Sujatha 4:21
3. "Mellela Vaana"   Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry Mano, Chitra 4:51
4. "Shepu Choosi Mokku"   ES Murthy Gopal Rao, Anupama 4:50
5. "Kannula Logililo"   Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry Unni Krishnan,Chitra 4:40
6. "Pallavinchu Toli"   Samavedham Shanmuka Sharma Chitra 4:17
7. "Edo Oka Raagam (F)"   Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry Chitra 4:26
Total length:

Box office[edit]

  • It had a 100-day run in 71 centres.[3]
  • It had a 175-day run in 4 centres.


Filmfare Awards South


  1. ^ "Success and centers list - Venkatesh". idlebrain.com. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Full cast and crew for Raja". imdb.com. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Success and centers list - Venkatesh". idlebrain.com. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 

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